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Check out the Blue Chip SUPer Club for Social and Adventure paddles on rivers and waterways around the Home Counties – New Members always welcome

Blue Chip SUP School Lessons

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1st ASI SUP School in Europe 1st ASI SUP Instructor in Europe
The ASI is recognised as the World leader in the provision of qualified SUP instructors and accredited schools: Not all SUP Schools can achieve and maintain the rigorous standards required to be an accredited ASI SUP School. Blue Chip is proud to have a 100% ASI recognition standard.
 

ASI SUP Wise - SUP School Centre of Excellence

 
Click here to Join in on one of our friendly group lessons
Click here to book up a Parent and Child lessons
Click here to book up a Private lessons
So you have had a go at SUP and just need some private coaching?



Click here for the Blue Chip SUP School refund policy

Blue Chip SUP School (established in 2008) in  Kingston, Guildford and Molesey was the first ASI accredited SUP School in Europe

Blue Chip SUP School is the only ASI accredited SUP School
in the South East of England with full facilities so you can be sure you will receive
the very best SUP school experience

To book your 2 hour Blue Chip SUP Taster Session: Click once if you are booking for just yourself (one person), If you are booking for more than one person just click  once for each person you are booking. The location will vary according to dates and conditions. We will confirm the location well in advance of the course date. Most beginners lessons will take place at our Kingston base:- Thames Sailing Club, Portsmouth Road, Surbiton, Surrey, KT6 4HH click on the link for map. Surbiton Railway Station (17 minutes from Waterloo) is only 10 minutes walk away from TSC see the link above. (there is parking at the Club)

 

The Guildford Lido and our indoor pool technique sessions are only open to Blue Chip SUPer Club Members

 

Book your SUP taster Session here

 
Total cost per person Click here to book
your Lesson
Book Your 2016 Taster Session
(as part of one of our friendly 2 hour Saturday morning group lessons which start at 09:00)
(click the button once for one person, twice for two people and so on)
When you get to the checkout, just put the date you want in the comments box and we will confirm
£50   

Parent and Child lessons

  • Blue Chip Parent and Child lessons: 
  • Minimum age 8 years old
  • Minimum child height 1.3 metres
  • You child must be a confident swimmer and able to swim 2 x 25m lengths of a swimming pool back to back






This course is open to and designed specifically for "a parent and child leaning together".   Just indicate your preferred date (Saturday) in the comments box at the checkout when booking or  click here to send a mail to check availability on your preferred date prior to booking, lessons are on Saturdays and start at 09:00 and last for about 2 hours

 Click here to book
your Lesson
Book a Saturday Morning 1 Parent and 1 Child on a 2 hour Taster Session £75   
Book a Saturday Morning 1 Parent and 2 Children on a  2 hour Taster Session £100   
Book a Saturday Morning 2 Parents and 1 Child on a  2 hour Taster Session £125   
Book a Saturday Morning 2 Parents and 2 Children on a  2 hour Taster Session £150   
Book a third Child on a  2 hour Taster Session
Maximum of 3 children on any parent and children couse
£25   
NOTE:
The Adventure Activities Licensing Authority (AALA) is the licensing authority for outdoor activity centres for young people in
Great Britain. It is part of the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), the government body charged with overseeing health and safety in all workplaces. for more information go to: http://www.hse.gov.uk/aala/about-activities-licensing.htm
SUP is within the scope of the AALA licensing scheme which means that
ANY SUP teaching establishment and or ANY instructor that undertakes teaching outdoor activities including SUP to  children under the age of 18 without their parents also taking part will need to hold a current AALA license. Although Blue Chip is the longest established accredited SUP school in the Europe, we have no intention of applying for an AALA License at present. Nevertheless, Blue Chip SUP School is authorized to offer our parent and child SUP classes as the parents are also present within the lesson. You can check the credentials of Brian Johncey (principle instructor) by clicking here

Blue Chip Private Lessons:
Blue Chip Private Lessons take place at a mutually agreed date to suit you  click here to send a mail to check availability on your preferred date prior to booking. Private lessons take place Monday to Friday and start at 10:30 at the Kingston venue and last for about 2 hours. Pre booking is essential.
If you decide to purchase a board from Blue Chip within a month of your taster session, we will allow you £50 off the list price of the board of your choice
 
Private SUP Lesson at a mutually agreed date to suit you £80 (about 2 hours)  
Private SUP Lesson - Bring a friend with you £60  

 

Our SUP Lessons run on the principle of safety, knowledge, fun and more fun.
The Blue Chip Instructor team   -   Maximum Student/Staff Ratio 4:1
This is a great sport involving lots of fun and at the same time low impact exorcise for your central core muscle group, legs,
arms and general balance. By the end of the lesson you should be up to the Blue Chip SUP Rookie or Skipper standard
and receive your endorsed SUP Skipper or SUP Rookie pass card

Once you have your SUP Rookie card you will be
able to rent boards from Blue Chip for either practice or to
test drive on Saturdays during our lesson times

Once you have your SUP Skipper card you will not only be
able to rent boards from Blue Chip for either practice or
to test drive on Saturdays during our lesson times but also 
for our popular Wednesday Adventure paddles

 

If you need to know more details, just send an email to:
  Lessons@BlueChipSupSchool.co.uk

What should I bring for a taster session?

Paddleboarding is not a falling in sport. Virtually none of our clients fall in – and any dunkings that have occurred (are almost always due to over-exuberance (and thus entirely avoidable if you want to stay dry)

So you’re not actually going to get wet, you really don’t need any special kit for paddleboarding (unless you’re going out in the waves, which is not on the agenda for any of our taster sessions). However, if you want to play safe there would be no harm in having a change of clothing and a towel in your car for your first few sessions, just in case.

Your feet are the only part of your body that will come into contact with the water, but boards have good grip so bare feet or some old trainers will be fine. If you have surf boots you want to use then by all means bring them, but they certainly are not necessary. Shorts (or skirt) are the best bet, but you could always just roll your trouser-legs up if there’s no other option.

Sunglasses are advisable, and on hot days it’s worth having some sun screen on , as you always burn faster on the water.

Other than that, just bring yourself and your enthusiasm. You’re going to have fun out there

Stand Up Paddle Boarding on the Thames from Teddington to Shepperton twice a week, every week. Blue Chip has been a professional water sports store since 1980 and at the forefront of SUP in the UK since the beginning. Check out our Blue Chip SUPer Club online blog with 200,000+ viewings, we are not just following a trend and jumping on the band wagon, we're setting the trend and moving the sport forward all the time. Blue Chip is probably the leading SUP store and SUP school in the UK.

Brian Johncey, a water sports professional since 1970, a highly qualified instructor with over 40 years experience, bringing knowledge, experience and passion to SUP. Since 1970, Brian has been qualified as a canoe instructor, sub aqua instructor and windsurfing instructor. Brian was the first in the Europe to successfully fully complete the Academy of Surfing Instructors course to ASI levels 1 & 2. Brian is also a qualified RYA Power Boat levels 1 & 2 and high speed planing and control. Brian has qualified as an "Activity First Aider" and has a "National Rescue Award" from the Royal National Life Saving Society, and also has an enhanced CRB certificate.

 

Kingston
Thames Sailing Club in Kingston Upon Thames is a great place to start and progress your SUP adventure. With full club facilities Changing Rooms, Showers etc. This is a great place which we often use on our Wednesday evening paddles.
Most beginner and intermediate coaching will take place here


Guildford
The Blue Chip SUP School also uses the 12,000 m2 (approximately 3 acres) Guildford Lido which is a 50 x 27.4m heated outdoor pool set in landscaped gardens on the edge of Guildford close to the A3 so very convenient to get to. The Pool is between 1.5m and 2.5m in depth. This is a great way to improve your "tail sink" turns and other risky maneuvers in a safe and fun environment. 
Guildford Lido technique sessions will be open to Blue Chip SUPer Club Members only or by invitation.


Hurst Park
Our Hurst park location is in Molesey just west of Hampton Court. We paddle out and around the Hampton Court area with its fabulous backdrop We have been teaching SUP at this location since 2006 so we know it very well.

The SUP phenomenon:

When SUP first came to the UK, Blue Chip embraced this up and coming water sport. Blue Chip soon gained a reputation as the leading store and knowledge base for SUP in the UK. At Blue Chip, customer service, reputation, experience and knowledge of the sport matters.

The Numbers:

Over the past few years, many hundreds of people have enjoyed the Blue Chip SUP Taster Sessions. Blue Chip SUPerlub has over 140,000 viewings of its on-line paddling adventures. Club has over 150,000 viewings of its on-line paddling adventures.

The Blue Chip SUP School Experience:  

Over 40 years of experience, knowledge and passion in teaching water sports has taught us not to compromise on the details, details such as the equipment we use, the teaching techniques we use and the passion we give to the sport of Stand Up Paddling. The past 40 years have given Blue Chip a wealth of knowledge, experience and passion, that we bring to every SUP lesson.

  • Our SUP Lessons run on the principle of safety, knowledge, fun and more fun.
  • All our instructors are Qualified ASI SUP Instructors in Flat Water Level 1 and Open Water Level 2
  • Brian Johncey (head instructor) was the first ASI qualified instructor in Europe
  • Blue Chip SUP School was the first ASI accredited SUP School in Europe
  • Our comprehensive SUP taster sessions take you through every aspect of SUP

      



The Blue Chip SUP School syllabus
 
Your pathway to an enjoyable and safe paddling experience

 

Refreshment:
We provide a small energy snack and bottled water as part of your course  

 

Overall Safety:

  • Awareness of the environment and potential risks of chosen paddle locations:
  • Other water craft and rights of passage
  • Coastal tides, springs, neaps and tidal ebbs
  • Static and dynamic hazards
  • Winds & wind fetch.
  • River flows and currents
  • River tides, springs, neaps and tidal ebbs
  • Leashes
  • Buoyancy Aids
  • Locks
  • How to cope with emergency situations
  • Self rescue 

Equipment Review:

  • Board designs including hard shell and inflatable plus their relevant advantages
  • Paddle designs and their relevant advantages
  • Using a board leash, which style of leash to use etc
  • We will have a variety of equipment to demonstrate the various attributes

Land based practical:

  • Attaching the leash to your board correctly .
  • The correct way to stand on the board, including footedness
  • How to pick up and carry the board safely with consideration to current conditions

Water based technique

  • Entering the water safely and things to be aware of
  • Getting on board
  • Paddle technique including the 4 phases of:-
    • 1. Blade entry
    • 2. Catch
    • 3. Stroke
    • 4. Recovery
  • Moving the board past the anchored blade, Core rotation
  • Knee paddling and prone paddle technique
  • Transition from prone paddling to standing with paddle to start paddling
  • How to safely move your position on a board
  • How to fall off the board safely
  • How to turn the board
  • Safe dismount from the board with paddle

Session Debriefing:

Discover your local water ways like never before
  • No Wind or Waves required
  • Great Fun on the Water
  • Any one can do it
  • Great core work out
  • Cruise the inland water ways
  • Surf on the smallest of UK waves

 If you haven't tried this stimulating new water sport, then take the opportunity and try one of our taster sessions. SUP appeals to boys, girls, men and women of all ages, check out the video below. Our taster sessions take place near to Hampton Court on the quite waters of the upper Thames with some great back drops

Blue Chip SUP Taster Sessions

We offer a "SUP Taster Session" in which we cover board and paddle design including their relevant applications and advice on which type of boards and paddles would best suit for your individual requirements. We give you the opportunity to try SUP boarding in a safe environment where you will also be able to try various boards and paddles to get an understanding of how they could affect your paddling. Blue Chip "SUP.
During your Blue Chip Taster Session (which will last for about 2 hours) you will be partnered with an experienced SUPer on a ratio of no more than four novices to one experienced paddler so you will have a high level of guidance (and fun).
Maximum Student/Staff Ratio 4:1


Blue Chip SUP School refund policy